Vanessa is the National Program Lead for Housing for Health at Kaiser Permanente. She brings over a decade of working with national and international health and social justice non-profits as well as experience in public health research trials in a variety of hospital and community-based settings at the intersection of health and social behavior. Her portfolio of work has included strategies to address homelessness and affordable housing, food security, and other social needs of under-served and historically disenfranchised communities.
In addition to launching innovative programming and research on homelessness, she also has played a leading role in developing and implementing strategies and protocols to support people experiencing homelessness amidst COVID-19. Underlying all of her work and training is a commitment to health equity and social justice. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2014.